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Pottering is a photo fad that entails photographing oneself leaping in the air with a broomstick tucked in between the legs in reference to Quidditch, a fictional competitive sport prominently featured in the Harry Potter universe.
In August 2012, Redditor 93tillinfiniD posted a photo of a man jumping from a window in to a pool while holding a broom between his legs, in order to create the illusion that he was floating on the broomstick. Titled “You’re a wizard, Harry!,” the post gained more than 16,000 upvotes and 1675 points overall, accruing nearly 950,000 views on Imgur within eight months.
On March 5th, 2013, a group of three Australians launched a Facebook group titled “Public Pottering”, encouraging people to submit photos of themselves mid-air with a broomstick. Within 30 days, the page accrued more than 4800 likes and more than 50 photos. A link to the Facebook page was shared on the Harry Potter subreddit on March 11th, but only saw 30 upvotes. On March 30th, Australian news site News.com.au ran a featured story on the fad, calling it a “more innovative” form of planking.
The same day, Redditor jb2386 compiled 23 of the Facebook photos in to an Imgur gallery and shared it on the /r/pics subreddit, calling it a response to Hadokening. Though the post only gained 38 upvotes, the same gallery was posted to the Harry Potter subreddit on April 3rd, where it gained more than 2100 upvotes and nearly 1500 points overall. Two days later, Buzzfeed tweeted one of these photos, calling it “Quidditching.” The tweet saw more than 100 retweets and 80 favorites within two hours.